LOPEC Conference 2019: From e-textiles to artificial intelligence


With its three-day Conference, LOPEC, the international exhibition for printed electronics, is bridging the gap between science and industry. From 19 to 21 March 2019, manufacturers, users and researchers from all over the world will meet in Munich to discuss innovations and trends in printed electronics.

Whether it is sensors for autonomous driving or light emitting diodes in smart clothing: In their innovation process, many industry sectors rely on lightweight and flexible electronic components from the printer. “Printed electronics has evolved into a cross-sectional and key technology,” points out Wolfgang Mildner, general chair of LOPEC and CEO of the consulting and technology company MSW. Its range is reflected in the approximately 200 contributions to the conference, which will begin on 19 March with the Business Conference and the Short Courses. The Technical and Scientific Conferences will be held on 20 and 21 March respectively.

The 2019 conference will focus on human-machine interactions and artificial intelligence systems. On 20 March, Sébastien Chaumiole, electronics leader at IBM's Watson IoT Center, will give a plenary lecture about the combination of printed electronics and artificial intelligence, for example to ensure safety in the workplace. During the “Human Machine Interfaces” session on 21 March, Christophe Cazes, innovation director at the French automotive supplier Novares, will take a visionary look at the interior of vehicles. Those who are interested in the mobility of tomorrow, should not miss the plenary lecture by Airbus project manager Dennis Hahn on 21 March.

In their plenary lectures on the third day of the Conference, Professor Korina Molla from the Spanish textile technology institute AITEX, Professor Steve Beeby from the English University of Southampton and Dr Jyrki Schroderus from the Finnish company Polar are going to focus on e-textiles and portable electronics. With the sessions “Wearable Electronics” and “Smart Textiles”, the Technical Conference will explore the topic even further.

The success of printed electronics is based on the rapid evolution of materials and manufacturing processes. The Short Courses are taking a closer look at the trend topic 3D-structural electronics. They are going to provide information on manufacturing techniques ranging from 3D printing to in-mould processes for the integration of printed electronics in injection moulding of plastics.

The Scientific Conference will also focus on innovative printing techniques and, above all, new materials—from magnetic inks and new semiconductor polymers to microfluidically produced nano materials. “The numerous confirmations received from renowned scientists from all over the world are proof of the international importance of the LOPEC Conference”, emphasises Mildner. Speakers include Professor Xugang Guo from the Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzen, China, and Professor Alison Walker from the University of Bath in England.

Success stories, market opportunities and other economic aspects are on the agenda for the Business Conference. For example, Jon Stark, CEO of the British company Peratech, is providing an opportunity for start-ups under the keyword co-innovation, as more and more corporations are opening up their development departments to external partners. A start-up forum with ten-minute pitches is going to round off the Business Conference.

Caption: A highlight of LOPEC 2018: The presentation by CuteCircuit (photo: Messe München)

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